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Join curator Dallas Fellini for a joint tour of Mnemonic silences, disappearing acts at the Jackman Humanities Institute and Indiscernible thresholds, escaped veillances at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at the University of Toronto Art Museum. These concurrent exhibitions consider the roles that absence and opacity play in rendering trans and queer lives and archives.

The program will begin with a tour of Mnemonic silences, disappearing acts on the 10th floor of The Jackman Humanities Institute (170 St. George Street). From there, attendees will travel down St. George Street to the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (about a 10 minute walk) for a tour of Indiscernible thresholds, escaped veillances

Mnemonic silences, disappearing acts considers the silences, erasures, and censorships that colour the queer and trans archive, featuring works by Kasra Jalilipour, Jordan King, Kama La Mackerel, Hazel Meyer and Cait McKinney, and Lan “Florence” Yee.

Indiscernible thresholds, escaped veillances brings together the work of Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Lucas LaRochelle, Joshua Schwebel, Chelsea Thompto, and Lan “Florence” Yee to consider opacity, illegibility, and invisibility as productive alternatives to contemporary trans hypervisibility.

This event is free and open to the public. Both exhibition spaces are wheelchair accessible. Please contact artmuseum@utoronto.ca if you have any accessibility needs or questions.

About the Curator

Dallas Fellini is a curator, writer, and artist living and working in Toronto. Their research is situated at the intersection of trans studies and archival studies. Dallas is a co-director of the arts publication Silverfish and has curated exhibitions and screenings for Gallery 44, Vtape, Trinity Square Video, Xpace Cultural Centre, Hearth, Riverdale Hub Gallery, the Jackman Humanities Institute, and the Art Museum at the University of Toronto. Dallas is the recipient of the 2024 Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators.

Co-presented with The Art Museum at the University of Toronto and the Jackman Humanities Institute.

Title Image: Hazel Meyer and Cait McKinney, The Pink Pegboard from Tape Condition: degraded (2016), 2023. Mixed-media installation, dimensions variable. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid, courtesy of the Art Museum at the University of Toronto.